Looking to put your home on the market soon? It’s important to put as much preparation into your home as possible to make sure you can get the best amount out of your home. While some might automatically think that expensive additions are the only way to add value to your home, there are many simple ideas to add value to your home and make it stand out among others.
1. Replace carpet with wood floors
It’s not uncommon for hardwood flooring to be at the top of a house hunter’s list of importance when first searching for a house. Consider swapping old carpet or cracked tile with hardwood floor. Hardwood floors are beautiful and versatile, fitting in with any vision you have for your home. For families with smaller children or pets, hardwood floors provide for a quick and easy clean up in case of accidents like spilled drinks or muddy paw prints. Although it may seem like a daunting task to replace all or parts of your home’s flooring with wood, it can be done on a budget and still have beautiful results.
2. Add lighting
Better lighting creates the illusion of a bigger space, so why not add more light? This could be as simple as replacing outdated yellow lighting fixtures with simple, modern fixtures that provide white light. Take down the dusty curtains and opt for white shades that can easily pulled back to let in natural light. Windows sell, so let them do their job of lighting up the interior of your house. Remove hard water stains on windows with some elbow grease and even paint a dark looking room a lighter color, if not white, to make it appear larger and more open.
3. Update kitchen appliances
New kitchen appliances can make an old kitchen lose decades off its appearance. The kitchen is one of the most central points of every home, so it’s important to give it extra attention. Like the easy-to-clean hardwood floors, good appliances can be a selling point on a house if the buyer doesn’t see a need to replace appliances themselves. Replace old ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators with matching stainless steel appliances or anything within your budget that will make it appear newer.
4. Add fresh paint
Paint is one of the simplest options to change the look of an interior or exterior in the shortest amount of time. Repaint or replace dark paint, cracking paint, or outdated wallpaper to give a room a fresh appearance. Always opt for lighter, neutral colors if not white. White and other light colors give the appearance of a room being more spacious and open. This doesn’t just apply to walls – touch up cabinets with a fresh coat of paint, or repaint them to a different color entirely. Repaint any doors, door frames, molding, or windowsills that look old or haven’t had any attention in a while.
The yard is the first thing a buyer sees before the interior of a house. It’s not uncommon for buyers to bypass beautiful homes with yards that haven’t yet been landscaped. Spend a few weekends cleaning up your yard. If you don’t have grass in your yard, consider putting some in. Take advantage of potters or neglected areas of dirt and rocks and replace it with plants and flowers. Prune bushes and trees and eliminate weeds in your yard. Rock pathways or simple potted flowers around the yard are easy substitutes for huge backyard projects that make it seem more alive and colorful.
ERA Realty Center Associate Broker